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    • 28 Feb 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Baker McKenzie, Tower One- International Towers Sydney – Level 46, 100 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney

    The NSW Branch of the AALA is pleased to host the President of the NSW Law Society, Ms Elizabeth Espinosa, and National AALA Vice-President, Molina Asthana, at Baker McKenzie in Sydney, for an event commemorating the commencement of the law term in 2019.

    Ms Espinosa will be giving a keynote address on diversity in the legal profession, how the profession has changed in its approach to diversity and inclusion, intersectional issues with gender, and reflections on going forward and how practitioners at all levels can be "champions of change. Ms Espinosa is a General Counsel with many years' experience in Local Government, and has been a councillor of the NSW Law Society for 6 years prior to her election as President in January 2019. She brings a wealth of experience to the role as President and insights into how diversity and inclusion has advanced in NSW in the time she has been involved at the peak body for solicitors in NSW.

    Ms Asthana is the National AALA Vice-President, and is also a councillor of the Law Institute of Victoria. She is also the President of the Victorian Chapter of the International Law Association and the Deputy Chair of the International Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria. She received the Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence - Service Delivery for Community Services 2014. She also received the Young Executive of the Year Award Female and the Person of the Year Award which was given to her by Hon. John Howard at the Indian Executive Awards 2013. Molina has profiled in the Top 50 of the Indian community in Melbourne in 2012 and 2013.

    Registration is free, but is recommended at the following link as there are limited places available: http://www.aala.org.au/event-3282466

    Drinks and canapes will be provided.

    • 08 Mar 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • La Boite Theatre, 6 Musk Ave, Kelvin Grove QLD 4059

    AALA (QLD) is excited to have secured a limited number of tickets for our AALA members to Michelle Law’s sell-out comedy, Single Asian Female, at La Boite Theatre on Friday 8 March 2019. Following a blockbuster season at the Belvoir in Sydney, and stellar reviews by The Australian and The Guardian, the show returns to La Boite where it first debuted.

    Join us before the show as we will also be providing refreshments at the Roundhouse Bar at La Boite Theatre.

    LIMITED member tickets available so secure yours now by registering!


    Single Asian Female follows the story of the Wong family as they deal with some of life’s big questions and explore what it means to be an Asian woman in Australia. Step into the after-hours of a suburban Chinese restaurant and meet the whip smart women who are definitely talking about you in their native tongue. With two sisters at odds with each other and a mother harbouring a secret that threatens to tear her family apart, Single Asian Female is Australian domesticity like you’ve never seen it before.



    6pm – 10:30pm 8 March 2019

    Show starts at 7:30pm


    La Boite Theatre – Roundhouse Bar

    6 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove QLD

    Food and drinks

    Finger food provided

    Cash bar



    $30 (under 35)*

    $40 (Adults)


    $35 (under 35)*

    $48 (Adults)

    *ID will be required for those purchasing under 35 tickets

    Please RSVP by 1 March 2019 for catering purposes

    • 28 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • The Heritage Wine Bar

    The WA branch of the AALA invites you to join us in welcoming and celebrating the Lunar New Year on Thursday, 28 March 2019. Enjoy a night in the company of colleagues and friends over free-standing cocktails & canapes. 

    The night will also feature an Awards Ceremony to recognise those among us who have made an outstanding contribution to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

    Date: Thursday 28 March 2019

    Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm 

    Location: The Heritage Wine Bar, 131 St George's Terrace, Perth CBD 

    Cost: $50 for members, $65 for non-members 

    Attire: Business attire

    RSVP by no later than 21 March 2019

    • 14 Apr 2019

    The Commercial Division of the County Court of Victoria is offering a one week internship, hosted by Commercial Division Judicial Registrars Sharon Burchell and My Anh Tran.

    They are former commercial barristers of Asian background who were appointed as Judicial Registrars of the Commercial Division of the County Court of Victoria in what is believed to be the first job share of a judicial officer position in Victoria. They are passionate about increasing cultural diversity in the legal profession and see providing opportunities and mentoring to lawyers and law students as a means to achieving this end.

    This internship would involve shadowing the Judicial Registrars and Judges of the Commercial Division, and their associates, in trials, interlocutory hearings and mediations, as well as observing them in chambers and registry work.

    The internship is scheduled to take place in mid-late May 2019. Arrangements for the internship are flexible and it may take place over one week, or one day per week over 5 weeks on mutually convenient dates. 

    This opportunity is open to AALA student members or recent law graduates who are members of the AALA. For law students, it would be most beneficial to students who are in the third year and above of the undergraduate LLB or second year and above of the JD or Graduate Entry LLB and have completed the Civil Procedure unit. An interest in civil litigation or alternative dispute resolution would be preferred, but is not essential.

    If you are interested, please send your CV and cover letter to vic@aala.org.au. Applications close at 4 pm on 19 April 2019.

    Please contact vic@aala.org.au if you have any questions. Thank you.

Past Events

21 Feb 2019 AALA - QLD Branch - Mentoring Program Launch
21 Feb 2019 AALA - NSW Branch - Mentoring Program Launch
21 Feb 2019 AALA – VIC Branch – Mentoring Program Launch
13 Feb 2019 NSW Branch - A CPD Reception with Judge Joshua Wilson QC at Frederick Jordan Chambers
12 Feb 2019 Lunar New Year Celebration Dinner 2019 (VIC)
11 Dec 2018 Commercial Law in the Asian Century - Is Western Sydney Ready?
07 Dec 2018 AALA QLD 2018 End of Year Social
06 Dec 2018 AALA VIC End of Year Meet & Greet 2018
05 Dec 2018 AALA NSW Christmas Party
08 Nov 2018 Litigation Workshop: What to Do When Things Go Wrong
04 Oct 2018 AALA – 2018 NSW Branch Meeting and National AGM
04 Oct 2018 AALA – 2018 VIC Branch Meeting and National AGM
04 Oct 2018 AALA - 2018 QLD Branch Meeting and National AGM
04 Oct 2018 AALA - 2018 WA Branch Meeting and National AGM
21 Sep 2018 Networking Drinks and Dinner (Sydney -Chinatown
21 Sep 2018 AALA National Roundtable 2018
20 Sep 2018 The William Ah Ket Scholarship Award Ceremony 2018 (NSW)
20 Sep 2018 AALA & ILAQ Indigenous cultural awareness training seminar
14 Sep 2018 AALA WA: 2018 Networking Drinks
13 Sep 2018 Stress Management the Eastern Way - Mindfulness for Lawyers
05 Sep 2018 Otto Kong Sing - A Lecture by Malcolm Oakes SC
28 Aug 2018 Annual William Lee Address NSW - Barriers and Enablers. Tues 28 August 2018
01 Aug 2018 Meet His Honour Judge J D Wilson QC and followed by Meet the Partners Panel Discussion (WA)
07 Jun 2018 Cultural Diversity in the Workplace: CEO Series - Part 3 with ENGIE
17 Apr 2018 Cultural Diversity in the Workplace- CEO Series- Part 2 with MLC Life Insurance
15 Mar 2018 Cultural Diversity in the Workplace: CEO Series- Part 1 with Toll Group
13 Mar 2018 AALA WA Student Event- Your Personal Brand in the Growing Asia-Pacific Market
08 Mar 2018 Victorian AALA Lunar New Year Celebration
22 Feb 2018 2018 WA Lunar New Year Dinner
05 Feb 2018 AALA NSW Lunar New Year Celebration
21 Dec 2017 2017 AALA Victoria End-of-Year Celebration
13 Dec 2017 AALA NSW Christmas Party
13 Dec 2017 WA Social - Mini Golf on the Quay
07 Dec 2017 Setting up your own Practice - A Panel Discussion
21 Nov 2017 The Inaugral William Ah Ket Scholarship Award
17 Nov 2017 Cultural diversity and the bamboo ceiling
16 Nov 2017 2017 WA Mentoring Program
15 Nov 2017 Launch of NSW Mentoring Program 2017
08 Nov 2017 2017 Annual General Meeting
09 Oct 2017 Diversity- My Experiences in the Law
04 Oct 2017 Richard Lawton - Voice and Presentation Workshops (Vic)
07 Sep 2017 Reflections on lessons from four decades of legal and professional engagement with China
18 Aug 2017 The Changing Face of Law - A Global Perspective (Vic)
17 Aug 2017 The Asian Experience in America and What it Means for Australia: Professor Frank Wu and Perth Guest Speaker Julian Sher
16 Aug 2017 The Changing Face of Law - A Global Perspective (Sydney)
31 May 2017 2017 Vic AALA Launch with His Honour Magistrate Raj Malhotra
17 May 2017 Tarwirri and AALA present: Cultural diversity in the legal profession (VIC)
27 Mar 2017 CLE Event: Business with the Dragon - Enforcing Contractual Obligations in favour of Australian clients in China (NSW)
23 Mar 2017 For Lawyers: Strategies to develop a social media presence (QLD)
16 Mar 2017 POSTPONED: Address by the Federal Attorney General, the Hon. George Brandis
01 Mar 2017 Her Honour Magistrate Urfa Masood: Reflections from the Bench (VIC)
11 Feb 2017 Lunar New Year Dinner (including welcome cocktails) - AALA NSW
13 Dec 2016 AALA 2016 End of Year Celebration (Vic)
05 Dec 2016 AALA NSW 2016 End-of-Year Celebration
03 Nov 2016 AALA Mentoring Program Launch (VIC)
27 Oct 2016 2016 AALA Annual General Meeting
27 Oct 2016 2016 AALA NSW Branch Meeting (NSW)
04 Oct 2016 AALA Mentoring Program Launch (NSW)
07 Sep 2016 CPD workshops with Richard Lawton for voice and presentation training (VIC)
25 Aug 2016 International Perspectives on Cultural Diversity
11 Aug 2016 Where the Glass and Bamboo Ceilings Meet in the Australian Legal Profession - NSW Event
23 Jun 2016 What is it like to be an Asian-Australian lawyer in 2016? - Career Panel Discussion (NSW)
21 Jun 2016 Vincent Shin - My Story (VIC)
12 May 2016 Seminar - Legal, operational, and cultural challenges of doing business in China (VIC)
02 May 2016 Inaugural Annual William Lee Address (NSW)
12 Apr 2016 John Leung: 8 Things You Don't Know About Me
06 Apr 2016 AALA NSW Networking Event
10 Mar 2016 Richard Lawton - Elevate Your Voice and Presence (CPD Series)
19 Feb 2016 AALA and ACC - Getting the monkey off our backs: improving diversity and inclusion in the legal sector
07 Dec 2015 End of Year Event 2015 (VIC)
02 Nov 2015 AALA NSW Launch - 2 November 2015
08 Sep 2015 Annual General Meeting 2015
25 May 2015 CPD Session with Jason Yeap OAM & Jenny Taing
14 Apr 2015 Launch of AALA Cultural Diversity Analysis
26 Feb 2015 Asian Cultural Attitudes to Litigation and Mediation

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